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The Electric Django Quintet - Gypsy Jazz
Saturday 07 March 7.00pm
Django Reinhardt, the founding father of Gypsy Jazz, is revered in the guitar world for his superlative skills on the acoustic guitar, but less so for his work on the electric. As the 1930’s became the 40’s and be-bop was born, Django heard and was inspired by the great American jazz artists such as Charlie Christian, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. This in turn prompted him to put on hiatus his infamous string quintet in favour of a more traditional American line-up comprising drums, piano, horns, clarinet, piano and of course, himself on electric guitar. Now he could soar as high and as loud as he wanted, a feat previously impossible on his trusted Selmer Maccaferri acoustic!
Led by guitarist Lachlan Gear and bassist/MD Pete Jeavons, The Electric Django Quintet performs repertoire from Django’s bebop period alongside compositions by others who were heavily influenced and inspired by Django such as Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Bireli Lagrene and more.
Featuring fleet-fingered guitar work from Lachlan Gear, original arrangements by Pete Jeavons and some of Perth’s finest jazz musicians (Steve Searle – horns, Harry Mitchell – piano, Daniel Susnjar – drums), The Electric Django Quintet has all the ingredients for a great evening of jazz that is sure to please.
ELECTRIC DJANGO QUINTET
Lachlan Gear – Guitar
Pete Jeavons – Bass/MD
Steve Searle – Clarinet/Saxophones/Flute/
Harry Mitchell – Piano
Daniel Susnjar – Drums